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and request asking questions about the obama administration's plans to tackle the issue of gun violence. among those in the chat room today, parents, educators and a lot of questions about how the vice president's personal views on gun ownership jived with their hopes of curbing gun vie lechbls he answered that one right away. >> and so my view is that it is totally a guarantee not negotiable that i'm able to own a weapon for sporting purposes as well as my own protection. but there should be rational limits on the type of weapon i can own. >> reporter: as for guns in schools, he could see putting an officer in a school, armed or unarmed, depending how parents and teachers feel. mr. bind also went on to say woe support researcher into whether or not video games contribute to violent breeze i have or. the chat lasted a little more than half an hour. diane? >> thanks a lot, scott. >>> it is official today, outgoing defense secretary leon panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. the move comes after a decade of war in afghanistan and iraq. more than 1,000 women were injured, 1
, president obama is preparing to dive into the contentious issue of immigration, with a major speech set for las vegas tuesday. the president is expected to push for improving border security you expanding the system for employers to verify their workers a legal status and perhaps most controversially, creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. >> we can't go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. >> we are committed to a comprehensive approach to finally in this country have an immigration law that we can live with. >> reporter: a bipartisan group of six seine stores planning to unveil its immigration reform proposals this week. last november, president obama won more than 70% of the latino vote, a new political reality forcing some republicans to reconsider their past opposition. >> first of all, americans support it in poll after poll. secondly, latino voters expect t third, the democrats want it and fourth, republicans need it. >> reporter: senator marco rubio in a nevada newspaper today insisted illegal immigrants mu
latino voters voted for barack obama, the democrat,2012. there's your connection. >> so it's a big issue around the country but especially i would imagine the numbers back it up for us in california in terms of illegal immigration and arizona. >> reporter: it gets heavy here. even more significantly nationwide california has 12% of the nation's population. a quarter, by the way, a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants. 80% of that group are latinos. overall latinos are 38% of the state. the largest ethnic block in california and latinos were 23% of the state's voters in 2012. that's up from 10% in 1990. add to it, 75% of all california latino 0s voted for obama. those are the same numbers that helped to pass proposition 30. so the bottom line is this. whether in california or in other areas across the nation, republicans have a choice. if they hope to attract more whites from a group getting smaller and smaller or reach out to minorities on their issues, and that's what is up front. >> it is a big issue for the republican party. thank you, layrry. >>> close the tax loop on the wealt
today to keep the spotlight on gun violence and to back the obama administration's push for stricter gun laws. gun rights supporters are finding ways to demonstrate their own passions over the issue. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker joins us now with more. kristen? >> reporter: lester, good evening. today's rally was organized by advocacy groups, one million moms for gun control. it was a day filled with emotion but also reality. the nation is still sharply divided when it comes to guns. a ground swell of support for stiffer gun laws and thousands rallied in washington to call for change in the wake of the newtown shooting, holding signs bearing the names of those lost and speaking their minds. >> no more. it's time to do something about it. >> we can and must free our nation of this scourge of gun violence. >> reporter: among the crowds mothers who have lost children to guns, elected officials, and parents from the newtown community. >> we're grieving but hopeful that something so atrocious can bring about some change. >> reporter: smaller gun control rallies across the
the groundswell of public support this is one of the most divisive issues in the nation. on friday, vice president biden officially kicked off the obama administration's public push aimed at pressuring congress to enact stricter gun laws, biden held a roundtable discussion in the traditionally gun friendly area of richmond, virginia. >> we talked about the need to expand mental health capacity across the country. we talked about access, and we talked about resources. >> reporter: and in an effort to sway legislators through public pressure, organizing for action, obama's relaunched campaign arm, is sending out e-mails to supporter, writing, tell your members of congress that you want to see decisive action on this issue. in addition to 23 executive actions focused on gun safety, the president has also called for new legislation, including universal background checks, limits on high-capacity magazines and bans on assault weapons. california senator dianne feinstein proposed a ban that is more strict than the one that expired a decade ago. >> this is really an uphill road. if anyone asks today, can
prohibitions took effect. >>> today president obama talked about immigration reform and a pass to citizenship in the diverse bay area. immigration is not just a political issue but an economic one. the president spoke in las vegas but his speech was followed closely here in the bay area. nbc's kris sanchez watched the speech with immigrants rights advocates in eas san jose. kris, how did they receive this message? is. >> reporter: they were hanging on every word. all of it was very well received in one of the south bay's most vocal immigrant communities. as president obama talked about comprehensive immigration reform in las vegas, people were hanging on to every word in the sank we're of our lady of guadeloupe church in san jose including this mother who tells me she is here illegally after six tries across the border. after this speech she said she no longer thinks citizenship is just a dream. garcia is ready to come out of the shadows, as president obama put it. a volunteer acting together says families may not have to live in constant fear of deportation. >> the children, the children are
it used to be more of an issue when somebody would show the that kind of emotion. >> and it depends on the situation. when president obama was talking about the tragedy in connecticut, this is a man who's a father, and, you know, and the leader of our country. you know, to see that emotion, i don't think there's anything wrong with that. >> i don't think it's a problem when it comes from a place of sinceri sincerity. when it's political and calculated, that's when it brings us to some problems. jason, somebody does something wrong, they do the mandatory sit-down interview, they show tears, they think by becoming a little bit more vulnerable, opening themselves up, maybe the public will forgive them. >> i thought back to 2007, right after kanye west lost his mother, he was in paris, he decided to go on with the concert, go on stage, and he could not get through the song at all. literally, he left the stage for 10 to 15 minutes. so it was a very emotional moment and understandably so for him. and chris brown at the b.e.t. rewards, he lost it, but chris had gone through a lot before th
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